After recently going through my remaining collection of house music vinyl I realised that there has been some what of a come back of people using vinyl in recent months. HMV in Central now has a whole section of vinyl, much more than when I actually used to order vinyl from the store over 10 years ago. Venues such as MyHouse and Oma still have turntables set up and have nights where local DJs play from their extensive collections.
I have asked other venues over the years why they do not have turntables and usually it comes down to a few reasons. First is the space in the DJ booth as often they only have room for CDJs or turntables, all of their residents use CDJs now with or without a laptop, or they just cannot get certain music that they want to play on vinyl. Another point is that for those DJs travelling to Hong Kong or even local DJs travelling to the different clubs each night, vinyl can get heavy and having USB sticks saves a lot of carrying that weight.
Playing and listening to vinyl is still very different to me and I can imagine more places dusting off their turntables. In the next few weeks I plan to donate all of my vinyl to some lucky Hong Kong DJ so these great gems can actually get played, which is what they were made for!
Article by Nick Buyken